On June 26, dozens of Family Child Care Providers from throughout California spoke up for our bill AB 378 – The Building a Better Early Care and Education System Act during a California Senate Labor Committee hearing in Sacramento. Members of Child Care Providers United-California (CCPU), which is made up by members from SEIU Local 521, SEIU Local 99 and UDW-CCPU, were joined by children, their parents and community allies who also believe every family in our state should have access to affordable and quality early care and education.
After sharing our struggles —including earning poverty wages in spite of devoting countless hours of nurturing and educating the infants, toddlers and school aged children in our care— we stood together to collectively voice our support. And we watched as the California Senate Labor Committee passed our bill, AB 378, with a 4-1 vote. Thanks to Senators Holly J. Mitchell, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Dr. Richard Pan and chairman Senator Jerry Hill, the Building a Better Early Care and Education System Act, authored by Assemblywoman Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara), passed out of its first California Senate committee and is on its way to the Senate Judiciary.
Our unity and commitment in our more than 15 year fight to win our union is what has brought us to and through this important step. But we know that we must continue to stand together to win collective bargaining rights, which would empower us to fight poverty and achieve better working conditions. Yet, not one of us can do it alone. The power of our union is in its numbers. The higher our membership, the more power we have to win collective bargaining rights and we can go farther by working together.
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